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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

Ascentis HR would be well-suited in situations where a detailed job history of the employee and/or his/her supervisor would be of value to the company. I also think that Ascentis HR would be appropriate for a smaller to a mid-sized organization who has a fairly tech-savvy person on staff and is able to navigate through the backend of Ascentis HR. I feel as though it would be more appropriate for an office setting than for a mobile workforce; however, that being said, we have made it work for a mobile workforce. I personally do not think that this would be the right software for anyone who is looking for state-of-the-art technology or something that is super user-friendly.
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Namely

Namely is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized companies that are looking to shift core HRIS functions under a single platform. Everything works as smoothly as advertised- payroll, benefits, time and attendance, workflows, onboarding. Especially if the employee population is comfortable with social media sites; Namely's landing page functions like an internal Facebook feed.Namely might not be well-suited for companies that have a significant employee population outside of the US . We've had some issues integrating our international employees into the core HRIS and benefits modules.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Namely
7.5
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Namely
7.3
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Namely
7.6
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
10.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.9
Namely
7.1
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Namely
6.5
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
7.7
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.9
Namely
6.3

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.4
Namely
5.7
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.1
Namely
7.7
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
3.8
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.0
Namely
6.8
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.5
Namely
7.9
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
6.8
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.4
Namely
1.3

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.5
Namely
8.3
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.5
Namely
9.0
Balance details
Ascentis
7.5
Namely
7.9
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.6
Namely
7.9

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.6
Namely
8.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Namely
8.2
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Namely
8.2
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
8.1
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.9
Namely
7.4
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
8.4

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.3
Namely
6.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.3
Namely
6.0

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.2
Namely
5.9
Report builder
Ascentis
6.6
Namely
6.4
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Namely
6.1
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.6
Namely
5.3

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.9
Namely
6.9
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
7.6
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.6
Namely
6.1

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.2
Namely
5.9
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.3
Namely
6.4
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
Namely
6.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.0
Namely
5.7
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Namely
5.5

Performance Management

Ascentis
5.9
Namely
6.4
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
6.5
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
6.2
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Namely
6.9
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
6.2
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.2
Namely
6.3

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
Namely
7.0
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Namely
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Namely
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
7.0
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Namely

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Namely
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.8
Namely
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.7
Namely
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.3
Namely
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.5
Namely

Pros

Ascentis

  • Ascentis HR is particularly helpful in keeping a record of past jobs and/or managers. If you have an organization that lets employees move from one department to another fairly often, this software has a tool that will help you keep track when Employee "A" moved from Supervisor "X" to Supervisor "Y" as well as from Department "B" to Department "F" without having to restart that employees length of service.
  • Ascentis HR also has a number of ways that you can customize tabs. If you want to keep track of something for your organization that you don't see on one of their prefabricated tabs or screens you can make one of your own. We have made several different ones to help us keep track of different information such as driver's licenses and expiration dates as well as specific training and/or orientation tasks that we want supervisors to accomplish with their new employees.
  • Ascentis HR lets you upload documents (particularly pdf) to employees files, which is particularly helpful. Additionally, you can mark these so that the employee can or cannot see them when they log onto their side of the Employee Self Service. One of the things I particularly like about these uploaded documents is that each part cluster of tabs has its own tab for attachments. When you open the "Employee" section where you find information about the employee and his/her personal information as well as job information, you will also find a tab where you can put attachments for personal and/or job-related information - such as a job description sign off or something of the like. When you open the "Compensation" section you will find another tab for attachments, and this might be where you decide to upload copies of direct deposits if you require them or wage changes.
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Namely

  • PTO Tracking - the app and website make it simple for employees to request PTO and for managers to approve and track their team's vacation time.
  • Reporting - every field in Namely is reportable - which is great. We're able to track which techs have certification, for example.
  • Newsfeed - when you're close to 400 people across ten locations - it's great to have a "virtual" headquarters for all your employees to share and view information.
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Cons

Ascentis

  • Implementation - the process is much longer than the sales presentation layout showed. If they had ONE combined workbook for ALL aspects of the Ascentis program, not just HR, it would help speed up the implementation process.
  • Manuals - Ascentis doesn't have any manuals for their systems and they are currently working on them. As a new user, it is difficult not to have any type of reference material to refer to.
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Namely

  • Onboarding - I wish that they would incorporate offer letters and that task lists were kicked off automatically after an employee was onboarded. I also wish background checks were fully integrated within Namely.
  • Benefits view - currently employees can view their benefits in a separate section within Namely - but it would be nice if it was in their profile. I also wish the app would autopopulate their member ID numbers and group numbers so they would always have the information on the phone.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
Based on 9 answers
I love this product and have no plans on changing. Despite how much I like Ascentis, changing providers is an enormous undertaking and not one that I plan on taking on again
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Namely

Namely 1.5
Based on 3 answers
Game-changer for small to mid-sized companies. Makes our work so much easier to do well
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Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
I have used numerous other systems and Ascentis is by FAR the best system I've ever used. I love its ability to customize to your organization's needs!! Would highly recommend to anyone!
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Namely

Namely 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Overall, Namely is a very user friendly platform, most of the functionality can be learned with out much training or guidance. They have designed it to be modeled similar to other social media sites interface which makes it clean in design and easy to navigate. If you do have someone at your organization that is less tech savvy, one of the most impressive parts of Namely continues to be their client support. They will support you and give guidance in every aspect if its training or just pointing out a feature and how it works
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Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 answers
They are always right on with helping!
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Namely

Namely 2.0
Based on 4 answers
They have always (3 years worth) been extremely responsive and will escalate it on their own if they don't have an answer
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In-Person Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
First, to clarify our "in-person" training was done mainly through Web-X meetings and conference calls. It was the closest thing we got to as far as an "in-person" training for this software. However, for the large majority of it, this type of training worked out well. We were able to share our screens and the trainer was able to share his/her screen. We could follow along with what we were doing in our database in real time and see how different functions worked and how manipulating our information could produce different results. It was also nice in that it provided for real-time results if something hadn't been coded correctly or we were having issues as to why something wasn't working the way we thought it should be. However, it did have some downsides in that we often had to rely on a conference phone and that made it difficult to hear people on both sides. Also, sometimes the trainers had internet difficulties when working from home and that caused issues with the WebX meetings.
Jennifer Steffens profile photo

Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ascentis HR has a number of online training videos to watch on a number of different topics. I gave it a lower rating because there is not much interactivity with the videos and it seems to cater to really only one or two learning styles. Plus, one has to be pretty motivated to go to a separate area to access the videos and then pull up a specific one to watch it and then learn. From my experience, people know that they are there, many just don't take the time and effort to go find them and actually watch them - especially since the username and password are different from their normal username and password.
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Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.4
Based on 4 answers
Don't skip steps. The customer support for Ascentis HR left it up to us how far we wanted to go with implementation of benefits for example. I was very glad that I elected to go into the detail implementation that I did rather than just doing the basics and waiting until later to complete the process.
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Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

We selected Ascentis for better customer service than we had with ADP.
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Namely

ADP wins, it is more of an HRIS system. Namely is nice but not as nice as ADP.
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Return on Investment

Ascentis

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Namely

  • Compared to our last HRIS, Namely gains far more users internally because of the user interface.
  • We continue to review external review software that provide micro feedback, employee-generated reviews, and compilation of review data in a readable and presentable format while we use Namely's. Namely's performance review is useful, it just doesn't meet all our needs today.
  • The reimbursement portion of Namely's payroll is valuable to us, so we don't have to cut separate expense checks. We pay bi-weekly and the payroll requires about 30 minutes of work every two weeks for our 75 employees to verify PTO and salary updates, as those don't feed from Namely HR. Not bad, but it seems like it should be higher on the priority list of future releases.
  • The initial implementation of Namely was really easy, compared to the four other implementations I've been through. The support team was available whenever we needed to ensure accuracy.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Namely

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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